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Purposefully Random Reads, Week 2 Questions: The One And The Many {Virtual Book Club}

Last week kicked off the (no obligation) virtual book club, Purposefully Random Reads. Thanks to everyone who “liked”, tweeted, and commented on the posts. A couple comments were shared, mine included, so to keep up with the book club structure as outlined this week I have a few questions for you to ponder on.

If you haven’t read the super quick read (5 pages) or you have no clue what I’m talking about, please check out this introductory post.

This month’s book:

Many Books-The One and the Many by Milton Lesser

This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at

This week’s Purposefully Random Reads Questions:

1. When you begin a project, what steps, if any do you take to learn more about the populations, communities, agencies/institutions, policies, products…being evaluated?

2. As you are learning about the areas above, how much, if any of the information you are gathering provides “teachable moments” for you? Please share examples.

3. What actions, if any do you take to close the “divide” when conducting evaluations with populations that you do not identify with or fall into the “category” of? (ex. evaluating a fatherhood program when you’ve never had an interest in this area, you have no frame of reference for the lived experiences of being a father, and you have no data on hand to back up what constitutes fatherhood?)

Just a few questions to ponder upon. Stay tuned and happy reading! 🙂


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